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Live Cyanobacteria to Be Exhibited in Musuem

Live Cyanobacteria to Be Exhibited in Musuem

Living cyanobacteria will be displayed as part of the exhibition 3rd nature at Puke Ariki in New Plymouth. The cyanobacteria has been cultured by artist-scientist Professor Hideo Iwasaki of Waseda University Japan.

The cyanobacteria are photosynthetic bacteria, and are ancestors to chloroplasts in plants. A chloroplast captures energy from the sun, and it is said that cyanobacteria helped to make Earth suitable for life. While on exhibition at Puke Ariki the cyanobacteria will be growing slowly, over a period of two months. Instead of the sun, the bacteria will photosynthesise with the light from an animation projected on to them.

The 3rd nature project brings together art, science, technology and indigenous awareness. Artists and collaborators have been in New Plymouth for two weeks working on a range of projects. The exhibition opens at sunrise (6.28am) on Saturday February 2nd. The opening is part of a three day symposium commencing on Friday February 1st at Owae marae and then moving to the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki campus. Three projects are exhibited in Pukekura Park.

Registrations are now open for the symposium (for further information go to

Project partners include Creative New Zealand, Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki, Te Matahiapo Indigenous Research Centre, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Puke Ariki.


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